These past few years have caused many to become resourceful with gift ideas. Irritations like fuel hikes, recessions and costs of necessities, have rocketed into unknown space and require us to approach birthdays with an extra creativity. Many blogs are now filled with DIY ideas, one of which is “Gift Jars”.
So whether you are creative or not, the free printable labels, soap recipes and baking kits advised to us can make even the left-brainer among us appear to be brilliantly inventive when it comes to making a gift for their friend. I love making gifts like these…something personal, something unique and creative….something that shows an extra effort and care.
More and more I receive orders for gift jars filled with yummy cookies….for dad, for mom, for the cousin about to have a baby. And even when I’m in doubt of what to gift a friend when it’s nearing month end…I can always bake up a storm and present them with a gift of tasty decorated biscuits.
Over the next few months I’ll be showing you the biscuits that have filled recent jars….bright ones, pastel ones, girly ones….
I love this gift and I love packaging and preparing them…and seeing the look on the face of the lucky recipient.
“Her real name is Kitty White, a bright and kind-hearted cat. She is good at baking cookies and loves Mama’s homemade apple pie. She likes to collect cute things and her favorite subjects in school are English, music and art.”
I love this little feline, she’s so sweet and kind and when reading about her personality, I could relate to her love for baking cookies and art. My niece, Arielle (above), went through her hello kitty phase and asked for this cake for her second birthday. Now you have to know that my niece has this sweet gruff voice and sounds like she is purring when she says “helloooo kittyyy”. It’s just so adorable. So for Arielle’s 2nd birthday, which she shares with her sister who is two years older, Arielle had this cake. It was marbled pink and purple inside and everyone loved it.
Since this cake I received more Hello Kitty orders, some cookies too. Hello Kitty has inspired the themes of restaurants and even hospitals, she has her own music album and tv show. This famous cat, lover of apple pies, is now also one of my favourites to replicate in the kitchen…I’ll have to watch some of her shows with my sweet niece.
Ok you might be wondering what smurfs have to do with baking and why on earth I am talking about this on my blog. It may be arbitrary, but so is life and the things we draw inspiration from.
My husband collects smurfs, not the new badly made models that have recently made a come-back, but the old worn collectable “made in germany” ones scavenged in Hospice shops and Markets. Smurfs that you or I would have played with …..you know…back in the day. His collection has reached about 20 and the smurfs live on top of our old piano, also scavenged in an old dusty garage.
And so, when I baked a blue gradient cake for my hubby’s 31st birthday then it was not long before it was named the “Smurf Cake”. This blue gradient cake was loved by adults and kids alike for its colour and arbitrariness. I covered it in a dark chocolate butter icing, often found on my husband’s fingers when I turn my back to ice a cupcake.
I think the next smurf I find for the collection will be one called “celebratory Smurf” and it’s hugging a giant cake! sounds familiar…
I recently learnt how to ice biscuits beautifully by doing
a class taught by the talented Roxanne Floquet. Her biscuits
are beautiful to say the least, they are her art, delicate,
intricate and exciting. I am nowhere near her level of skill,
these biscuits take a lot of time and practice to get them
to the level of perfection that she can achieve.
Now that I know how to ice these biscuits, I take great joy
in presenting them to friends as gifts in a classic Consol
jar, laced with ribbon and a label. They are loved and also
These biscuits in the photographs were made with lots of love
for my friend, Inez, who recently got married.
If you are interested in ordering some fun cookies for your
next event or even just for your home, dont hesitate to
contact me, my husband will love to eat the leftovers ;)
He has dubbed them "the best zoo biscuits ever".
The pretty photo under the heading is from the wedding,
taken by my talented husband, Sean Kelland.